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Plant Details

Monarda didyma

Bee-balm, Oswego Tea, Scarlet Beebalm, Red Bergamot

Scientific Name:

Monarda didyma

Common Name:

Bee-balm, Oswego Tea, Scarlet Beebalm, Red Bergamot

Plant Family

Lamiaceae (Mint Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Type:

Herb/Wildflower

Bloom Color(s):

red

Size in Feet:

2 - 5 ft

Light:

full-sun, part-shade

Soil Moisture:

mesic(*)

Bloom Time:

July - September

Bloom Area:

rare in Coast and Piedmont, common in Mountains

Habitat Description:

“Seepage slopes, periglacial boulderfields with abundant seepage, streambanks, boggy places, usually in strong to moderately filtered sunlight” (Weakley 2015). Common in NC Mountains, rare in Piedmont, rare in Coastal Plain (where introduced only).

State Rank:

No NC Rank Listed (*)

Global Rank:

No Global Rank listed (*)

State Status:

No NC Status Listed (*)

Federal Status:

No U.S. Status Listed (*)

Flower

Also a good garden plant that attracts hummingbirds, butterflies and bees.

image

Paynter, Late July, 2009, Watauga Co

Habitat

Growing on a seepage slope with Rosebay (Rhododendron maximum)

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Paynter, late July 2009, Watauga Co

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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